Deanna Knoll

Deanna Knoll

Deanna Knoll was raised by book loving parents where bookshelves filled the house. She and her sister looked forward to their weekly trips to the A.B. Chance public library in Centralia, Missouri where she clearly remembers devouring Childhood of Famous Americans and Signature biographies, along with plenty of other treasured books.

Books continue to occupy a lot of space in her life, literally and metaphorically! In addition to homeschooling her two boys, she enjoys working part time as a pediatric physical therapist, leading worship music at her local church and camping, hiking, biking and canoeing the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two boys.


Reading the Classics
by Deanna Knoll | June 01, 2020
Because of the universal appeal and cultural relevance of classics, publishers have often produced modified versions in an effort to present these exceptional stories to a wider audience. Many different terms are used to describe the various ways that publishers modify books and it can be confusing to understand the differences. This article focuses on defining those terms so you can be informed about your various options when it comes to reading the classics and make the best decision for yourself and your children.

Thrift Store Shopping Without Leaving Your House
by Deanna Knoll | August 30, 2018
Do you live in a book desert with no used book stores or thrift shops to browse? Or maybe you have several small children and desperately want to stock your library with beautiful living books but the idea of toting them through Goodwill seems too daunting to be worth the possible benefit. Here are several ways you can be equally successful shopping online as you might have been if you stumbled across a Goodwill Outlet!

Introduce your Family to Shakespeare with Retellings
by Deanna Knoll | May 01, 2018
It is the rare reader who is able to decipher any Shakespeare play on the first reading. It can be very helpful to gain a better understanding of the plot’s twists and turns by reading a retelling of the play before attempting to read the actual play itself. Each author reviewed in this article retells Shakespeare’s plays in a different style and chooses to highlight and interpret his words in different ways.

How to Choose Books that are Right for Your Family
by Deanna Knoll | April 09, 2018
It's an exciting time—you've discovered living books, along with Reshelving Alexandria, and you want to stock your home library with these wonderful treasures. So how do you decide which books are worth purchasing, especially when you have a book in hand at a bookstore or a library sale? How do you begin to determine if that book is right for your family and your library?